“While the iPhone’s business continues to grow, the iPad is showing signs of slowing. The tablet sold 13.3 million units in the quarter, down 9 percent year-over-year and down 19 percent from the period between January and March of this year.”—
“What we have in these stories is actually something less like a childhood photograph, or juvenilia, or apocrypha, and more like the miraculous discovery that the beloved book you’ve read a dozen times has an extra chapter you’ve somehow never noticed. These stories don’t feel different; they feel like just her.”—Gerry Canavan breaks down Octavia Butler’s posthumously published short stories, “Childfinder” and “Necessary Being,” from Cloud publishing partner Open Road Media, in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
I kind of hate this New York Times headline. The real news is that Hachette Book Group bought Perseus Books Group. Both are partners with 3M Cloud Library, and, yes, there will no doubt be changes in how Perseus sells ebooks to libraries (currently, it’s one copy, one user).
My advice to Hachette is to experiment with the travel-, business-, science-, and history-heavy offerings of Perseus’s 12 imprints. Nonfiction ebook sales to libraries are still pretty marginal compared with adult fiction sales. They could use a boost.
“Megan Abbott’s gripping tale of adolescent lies, lust, and power reads like a modern day version of The Crucible and boldly scrutinizes society’s longstanding, Lord of the Flies fear of teenage sexuality and power.”—In which librarian Jennifer Hubert Swan (aka @readingrants) sells me on Abbott’s latest novel, The Fever, another juicy addition to my summer reading shelf.
“Poetry is the dark side of the moon. It’s up there, and you can see the front of it. But what it is isn’t what you’re looking at. It’s behind what you’re looking at.”—America’s new poet laureate, Charles Wright, speaking humbly to The New York Times
"Sugg’s first novel, Girl Online, is ‘a modern-day Notting Hill for teens,’ according to Penguin, in which ‘an ordinary 15-year-old girl’s relationship with an American pop star goes viral as her anonymous blog is exposed to the world’...”
“The Guardian called the book ‘the most compelling autobiography ever to appear under a footballer’s name.’ He is skillful. He is outspoken. He is Zlatan.”—
Jack Bell of The New York Times in his delightful roundup of new and classic soccer (football) books, nonfiction and fiction, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s best-selling and critically acclaimed I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, just out from Cloud publishing partner Random House.
Methinks a World Cup Recommended Reads shelf is coming.
“Christopher Foyle admitted in his speech that no bookshop “has a divine right to exist,” no matter how glorious its history. In its battle with Amazon [Foyles] needs to become more commercially savvy – and its planned 200 author events a year in its new gallery upstairs, and literary tours, should help that.”—
I’m glad to hear about the programming and the importance still given to deep selection, often designated the old Foyles way by publisher. You know what else I’d like to see? Co-programming with public libraries in the UK.
When two of my trusted taste-making reader pals, T. and S., who don’t know each other, told me they’ve been inhaling Edward St. Aubyn’s dark and dry autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels, I know there’s a new Stoner of the literary scene.
For the backstory on these works, read this New Yorker article. The entire series is available from the Picador imprint of Cloud publishing partner Macmillan. In other words, another summer reading option.
“The longlist for the Impac, the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English, is nominated by libraries around the world, with Mexico City branch library Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas nominating Vásquez’s novel.”—
"Through a masterly command of layered time periods, spiralling mysteries and a noir palette, it reveals how intimate lives are overshadowed by history; how the past preys on the present; and how the fate of individuals as well as countries is moulded by distant, or covert, events."
“Teens and adults alike are drawn to John Green’s earnest portrayal of the angst of young love. Readers connect with his self-aware characters and enjoy their witty dialogue. They appreciate his emotionally intense stories with their bittersweet endings.”—
Librarian Molly Wetta on what the press means when they use (maybe too liberally) the words John Green. For my money, Wetta’s is the best piece of readers’ advisory on The Fault Is in Our Stars (now a hit movie).
Whether you’re sick of hearing about TFIOS or not, you cannot deny it’s a ridiculously popular book. So line up some rewarding, relevant novels to feed the heads of your most voracious nerd fighters.
(Now in CAT, I might add. Hat tip to Molly and Kelly Jensen.)
“He brought on a Hachette author, Sherman Alexie, who plugged the Hachette book, “California,” by Edan Lepucki. Mr. Colbert urged people to buy it at the independent Portland, Ore., store Powell’s, tweeting to his six million followers, “Together we can #CutDownTheAmazon.” Powell’s struggled to keep up with the orders as “California,” a first novel, immediately became its No. 1 best-seller.”—
It’s old news that Cloud publishing partner Kensington bought Lyrical Press, which specializes in digital-first erotic, urban fantasy, BDSM, and dystopian romances, but I’m only just starting to market them.
Pay close attention to the Genre Fiction tab in this week’s Top New Releases for a sampling.